1.New York: Longtime Gambino Associate Sentenced in New York on Murder and Assault Charges
Joseph Watts, a longtime associate of the Gambino organized crime family, was sentenced in to 13 years in prison for participating in murder and assault conspiracies in order to maintain and increase his influence in the Gambino family.
2.Indianapolis: Latin Kings Member Indicted in Indiana on Murder-Related Racketeering Charges
Ivan Quiroz, an alleged member of the Almighty Latin Kings and Queen Nation, was charged with two counts of murder and two counts of using and carrying a firearm to commit murder in connection with his alleged role in a racketeering conspiracy.
3.Albuquerque: Kewa Pueblo Man Detained on Federal Murder Charge
A United States Magistrate Judge found that there was probable cause to support a criminal complaint charging Dennis J. Lovato with murder. Lovato, a member of the Pueblo of Kewa, faces up to life imprisonment, a maximum $250,000 fine, and up to five years of supervised release.
4.Boston: Executive Guilty in $9 Million Kickback and Bribery Scheme Involving Naval Funds
Anjan Dutta-Gupta, the founder and president of a technology services company with offices in Rhode Island and Georgia, pled guilty to bribery of a public official in connection with an alleged kickback scheme of more than $9 million of naval funds.
5.Minneapolis: Florida Man Sentenced in South Dakota in Connection with Faking Death for Insurance Money
Vij Misir was sentenced to 36 months in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud. His ex-wife and co-defendant, Rajmatee Kapadia, pled guilty to the same charge. The couple faked Misir’s death to make claims on life insurance policies totaling $7 million in coverage.
6.Detroit: Michigan Investment Adviser Pleads Guilty in $7 Million Ponzi Scheme
Dante DeMiro pled guilty to five counts of bank and wire fraud in connection with his operation of a Ponzi scheme that caused more than $7 million in losses.
7.Washington Field: Somali Hostage Negotiator Charged with Piracy in Attack on Merchant Ship
Ali Mohamed Ali was arrested and indicted for conspiracy to commit piracy and other charges that allege he acted as a negotiator on behalf of Somali pirates during the takeover of a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden that started on Nov. 7, 2008 and lasted for 71 days.
8.Houston: Last Defendant Charged as a Result of HTRA Investigation of Local Bar Sentenced to Prison for Drug Dealing
Wilson Sauzo, the last of four defendants charged and convicted as a result of a human trafficking investigation at a Houston area bar, was sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for drug trafficking.
9.Salt Lake City: GSA Investing in Salt Lake City’s New Energy Future
The U.S. General Services Administration will break ground on the new Federal Bureau of Investigation field office building located at 5425 West Amelia Earhart Drive, Salt Lake City. The new office will be a high-performing green building and is expected to save or create more than 500 construction jobs, a great majority of which will be filled by the local community.
10.Pittsburgh: Major Cocaine Supplier is 39th to Plead Guilty
Eric Alford pled guilty to two counts of violating federal drug laws. Alford was the 39th defendant out of 56 original defendants to plead guilty to charges from the four separate but related indictments.
Alan note: And a reminiscence for those of us who were in Kabul - perhaps at the palace rather than the embassy - but on the team.